Harvard Health Blog
Acetaminophen may do little for acute back pain
Posted July 25, 2014, 12:07 pm Nancy Ferrari, Senior editor, Harvard Health Publications When back pain strikes, all you want is relief—as quickly as possible. Many folks turn to over-the-counter pain relievers to help take the edge off and keep them moving. Acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naproxen, aspirin), are common and reasonable choices.